The Lyrics of Henry VIII/With sorowfull syghs and greuos payne, Farthing

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The Lyrics of Henry VIII
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A the syghes that cum fro my hart Iff I had wytt for to endyght

[ff. 33v-34r]

With sorowfull syghs and greuous payne.
Thus euer to endure.
Alas pour hart tyl that we mete agayne.
Ioy shall I neuer ye may be sure.

T. ffardynge

Textual Commentary[edit]

“With sorowfull syghs and greuous payne” is a lyric of departure. The emphasis is on return as well as the pain that will accompany the lover in absence. Cf. “Wyth sorowful syghes and woundes smart” (LDev f. 26v; attributed to Thomas Howard).

The lyric is through-set for three voices.

This lyric is indexed in Robbins Index & Suppl. 4201.3, Boffey, Ringler MS TM2009. It is reprinted in Flügel Anglia 235, Stevens M&P 395, and Stevens MCH8 25.